"It will be the first proper
OLED desk lamp"

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In this movie filmed by Dezeen for Philips Lumiblade, German designer Daniel Lorch explains the ideas behind his desk lamp, which will be the first to use OLED technology when it goes into production next year.

Moorea OLED desk lamp by Daniel Lorch for Philips

OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) generate light when electricity is passed through layers of organic semiconductor material mounted on glass, so they can be very thin and emit even light from a flat surface rather than spreading it from a single point.

Moorea OLED desk lamp by Daniel Lorch for Philips

Called Moorea, Lorch's lamp incorporates two OLED panels side by side, supported on a sprung-steel stem. "I was really fascinated by this material - no matter how hard you bend it, it always goes back," he says in the movie.

Moorea OLED desk lamp by Daniel Lorch for Philips

The curve of the lamp's stem is held under tension by a rubber-coated power cable, which is clamped in a component normally used to hold ropes on a sailboat. The angle of the light is adjusted by sliding this cable through the clamp and the base of the lamp features a tab so the whole thing can easily be swivelled. A limited edition of the lamp is already available but a larger series release is planned for next year.

Moorea OLED desk lamp by Daniel Lorch for Philips

Lorch came up with the idea while attending a workshop with Philips: "I knew I needed to have at least two panels to have proper light for the desk and when I put two OLEDs together it immediately reminded me of the old bankers' lamps because of the proportions - it was long and quite thin - so I decided to do a new interpretation of the banker's lamp."

Moorea OLED desk lamp by Daniel Lorch for Philips

The designer spoke to Dezeen at the Lumiblade Creative Lab in Aachen, Germany, where we were invited to make a film about OLED technology and its future uses. Watch Dietmar Thomas of Philips Lumiblade talk about how glowing walls, windows and furniture will replace light bulbs and LEDs in homes as OLED technology improves in our earlier movie.

Moorea OLED desk lamp by Daniel Lorch for Philips

Lumiblade is the brand name of Philips' OLED lighting products and the Lumiblade Creative Lab is used to introduce designers to OLEDs and help them develop innovative uses for the technology.

Moorea OLED desk lamp by Daniel Lorch for Philips

Daniel Lorch Industrial Design was founded in Berlin in 2010 and past stories about its work on Dezeen include a chair made by splitting a steel tube and peeling back the legs, and metal lamps made by pinching a tube together at one end.

Moorea OLED desk lamp by Daniel Lorch for Philips

The music in the movie is a track called Mostly Always Right by 800xL. Listen to the track on Dezeen Music Project.

Moorea OLED desk lamp by Daniel Lorch for Philips

Here's some more information about the lamp from Daniel Lorch Industrial Design:


Moorea is the first OLED desk lamp which – with 240 lm – surpasses the low-power range of ambient lighting. It vibrantly illuminates its surroundings, and makes the potential of this fascinating cutting edge technology tangible. The new adjustment mechanism foregoes joints. It is based on the elasticity of a thin strip made of shape memory alloy (SMA), which is bent into the desired position by means of a nylon strengthened power cable.

Since the power cable is an integral component of the adjustment mechanism, the problem of cable routing becomes redundant. For quick adjustments of lighting the lamp can also pivot around its own axis. The proportions of Moorea are based on the classic time-proven bankers lamp, never missing from lawyers' desks in Hollywood films.

In collaboration with Philips Lumiblade.

Materials: Philips GL350 OLED, shape memory alloy (SMA), anodized aluminium, nylon-strengthened power cable.

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  • andi_ger

    Thumbs up!

  • Jenny

    This is not the first lamp to use OLED technology. Please see NOVALED Victory Carbon desk light and Marcus Tremonto’s PAD Light. Both use OLED and seems the PAD light is the first to use CLEAR OLED technology!

  • ananas

    State of the art! :–)

  • Tom

    I agree w Jenny. This is a pretty light, and a nice design, but not the first OLED desk light. There are designs by Made in Design, Blackbody, and even one for FLOS by P. Starck.

  • Ced

    I agree, Blackbody has been producing OLED desk lights for a couple of years. I did some designs for them: http://www.blackbody-oled.com/

  • Chris

    Great to see nice OLED designs, but can’t help being put off by the fact that the lifespan is 1/3 that of conventional LEDs and much less efficient. Hopefully they’ll get better with more research, but I can only completely admire design that’s both technically and aesthetically great.

  • Calvin golden

    What is the price of this fixture?

  • Rick Spencer

    How will the tension hold up to vibrations caused by air flow in air-tight rooms, vibrations through normal desk tasks or building vibrations? The spring steel seems to provide a unque twist on adjustment but it appears the “spring” tension will give the illusion of flicker on the working surface being illuminated. It appeared to vibrate easily.

  • Jill

    Beautiful lamp. Would the spring tension material allow a small hole to be drilled close to the base to run the power cord to the rear of the lamp creating a sleeker look?

    • HTIW

      Ha! Good idea. I like the spring mechanism most on this light, but the details look kind of unfinished so far.